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A01: Integration of linguistic resources in highly diverse urban settings: Stretching the limits of variability

This project investigates the multilingual setting of an urban street market, where speakers routinely draw on a large range of linguistic resources. So far, research on such settings has focused on their characteristic diversity and fluidity. In contrast, our investigation will target stability; it will be led by the hypothesis that the observable and sometimes outwardly chaotic variability is not a matter of ‘anything goes’, but might rather be delimitated by systematic patterns and restrictions. In order to capture this great variability and its constraints, we combine ethnographical and sociolinguistic methods with grammatical analyses and theoretical linguistic modelling.


Prof. Dr. Heike Wiese

PI A01


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Lehrstuhl für Deutsch in multilingualen Kontexten
Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik
Dorotheenstraße 24, Raum 3.322
10117 Berlin

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Freywald

PI A01


Technische Universität Dortmund
Professur für Linguistik des Deutschen: Grammatik und Fachdidaktik
Room 3.115
Emil-Figge-Straße 50
44227 Dortmund

Kathleen Schumann

currently on maternity leave


Campus Am Neuen Palais
Department of German
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam

Other publications

Wiese, H. & Freywald, U.2019Regionalsprachliche Merkmale In Jugendsprachlichen Praktiken Im Multilingualen Urbanen Raum.In J. Herrgen, J. E. Schmidt, unter Mitwirkung von H. Fischer & B. Ganswindt (Eds.), Sprache und Raum - Ein internationales Handbuch der Sprachvariation (pp. 995-1012). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.A01

Invited talks & presentations

Duman, I.2018Diversity and linguistic landscape: Exploring a weekly urban market in a highly diverse multicultural area. Paper presented at the 1st International Conference "Urban Linguistc Diversity", Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia. 09 - 10 April.A01
Duman, I. & Lin, D.2018Sprachenvielfalt im monolingualen Habitus: LL-Untersuchung zweier Berliner Märkte.
Poster presented at the GAL-Kongress 2018: Sprachen - Kommunikation - Öffentlichkeit, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany. 11 - 14 September. A01
Freywald, U.2019Migrated speakers, migrated languages: Urban multilingualism in Germany. Invited talk at the Conference "International Migration and Migrants Throughout History", Ege University Izmir, Turkey. 12 December. A01
Freywald, U.2019Urbane Mehrsprachigkeit und Sprachvariation: Sprachliche Muster auf einem Straßenmarkt in Berlin-Neukölln.Guest lecture at the Zentrum für Deutschlandstudien, Zhejiang International Studies University, Hangzhou, China. 18 September.A01
Freywald, U.2019'Language' and 'Community' from the inside and the outside. Keynote talk at the Conference "Retinking Language and Community: Diversity in Global Settings", Manchester, UK. 16 - 17 May. A01
Freywald, U.2018Verb second: Syntactic modeling and usage.Invited talk at the Workshop "The view from the multilingual child: Linguistic theory, language use and language strategies in and outside school", Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany. 08 - 10 October. A01
Freywald, U.2018Kiezdeutsch. Grammatik und soziales Setting eines 'contemporary urban vernaculars' in Berlin.Invited talk at the University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. 09 January. A01
Freywald, U., Wiese, H., i. c. w. Duman, I., Schumann, K., & Yüksel, S.2018Communicative patterns at a linguistically highly diverse street market in Berlin. Guest lecture at the Research Centre for Communication and Culture, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal. 28 November. A01
Schulte, B.2018BITTschön abi - Code-switching as medium repair in sales-talk in a multilingual urban setting.Paper presented at the 5. Linguistik Meetup Berlin-Potsdam, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany. 1 August.A01
Schulte, B., & Duman, I.2019Social meaning in sales interaction at a multilingual urban street market.Paper presented at the Meaning in Flux 2019, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA. 10 - 12 October. A01
Schulte, B. & Freywald, U.2018'Gedownloadet' or 'Downgeloadet'? Participle Formation of Multimorphemic English Loan Verbs in German
Poster presented at the Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP) 2018, Berlin, Germany. 06 - 08 September. A01[Link]
Schulte, B., & Yüksel, S. 2019CHAI? CHAI? !CHAI! - The role of accent and gesture in medium repair in multilingual service encounters.Paper presented at the Conference on Multilingualism (COM2019), Leiden University, The Netherlands. 01 - 03 September.
Schumann, K. & Yüksel, S.2018"Iki tane Aubergine" - The limits of variability in multilingual settings.Paper presented at the Research School "Language Contact within Systems and Speakers", University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany. 21 - 23 February. A01
Schumann, K. & Duman, I.2018Linguistic Landscapes & Soundscapes auf einem Berliner Wochenmarkt - Mehrsprachige Praktiken im multilingualen urbanen Raum.
Paper presented at the Urban Language Research: Variation - Contact - Perception, University of Graz, Graz, Austria. 28 - 31 October A01
Wiese, H.2019Language Variation: insights from multilingual settings. Invited talk at the Linguistics colloquium series, Yale University. New Haven, Connecticut, USA. 28 January. A01
Wiese, H., Freywald, U., & Neuhaus, K.2019Tackling deficit-oriented views on multilingualism: some transfer examples from Germany. Paper presented at the University Public Engagement with Urban Multilingualism, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. 20 - 22 February.A01
Wiese, H.2018German DPs across multilingual settings.Paper presented at the 1st International Workshop on “Language Comparison and Typology: German and the Mediterranean languages”, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, 12 October. A01
Wiese, H.2018Variation and change in the NP: insights from multilingual settings.Paper presented at the Workshop Series "Morphosyntactic Change Through Corpora in German and Beyond; Workshop 3: Definiteness, negation and the noun phrase", DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. 13 - 14 September. A01
Wiese, H.2018Youth in the city: the dynamics of urban diversity.Poster presented at the MEITS Workshop "Youth languages. The age of maturity?", Université Paris Nanterre, Paris, France. 07 - 08 June. A01
Wiese, H.2018How can we capture linguistic variation in multilingual contexts? An inclusive perspective.Paper presented at the Research School "Language Contact within Systems and Speakers", University of Potsdam, Germany. 21 - 23 February. A01
Wiese, H. & Freywald, U.2018Sprachliche Variabilität im hochdiversen urbanen Raum - Anything goes?
Poster presented at the Urban Language Research: Variation - Contact - Perception, University of Graz, Graz, Austria, 28 - 31 October. A01
Wiese, H.2017German in a heritage-language context.Invited talk at the Workshop "Emerging grammars in language contact situations", 1st Crete Summer School in Linguistcs, University of Crete, Gallos, Rethymnon, Greece. 10 - 21 July. A01
Yüksel, S.2018Codeswitching im multilingualen hochdiversen Raum Berlin.
Paper presented at the Urban Language Research: Variation - Contact - Perception, University of Graz, Graz, Austria. 28 - 31 October. A01